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Vertical Fabric: density in landscape: Hong Kong in Venice

Date(s) - 26/05/2018 - 25/11/2018
All Day

Campo della Tana

Location Address Campo della Tana, Castello 2126-30122

City Venice



Collateral Event of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Illustrate Hong Kong Vertical Architecture and Urbanism with Innovation Visions.

The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Biennale Foundation (HKIABF) and Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) jointly organise the exhibition titled “Vertical Fabric: density in landscape” (垂直肌理:密度的地景) to participate in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia under the sponsorship of Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The Grand Opening of the Hong Kong Exhibition will be held at 5:00pm, 25 May 2018 (Friday), while a Forum will be held at 1:30pm, 25 May. A Media Tour will be arranged for press preview at 11am, 25 May.

The Organisers are pleased to announce that Professor Weijen WANG (Chief Curator), Mr. Thomas CHUNG (Co-curator), Mr. Thomas TSANG (Co-curator), and Ms. Grace CHENG (Managing Curator) have been appointed as curators of the exhibition following a public call for proposals. The curators have extensive experiences in curating similar exhibition, including Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, HK-SZ Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture both in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, as well as Collateral Events at the International Architecture Exhibitions of La Biennale di Venezia. In response to the theme titled “Freespace” of Biennale Architettura 2018 the Curatorial Team has developed concepts for the exhibition.

Vertical Fabric: density in landscape
100 towers 100 architects

Looking down on Hong Kong’s Central from the Victoria Peak, one could find that the city’s vertical fabric creates a wave of towers springing up from the sloping terrain down to the harbour front, spreads along the water edge as a belt of tightly woven texture. The slender towers, framed by land economy through demands of density, establish the city’s dominating typology, not only governing the urban skyline but also shaping daily urban and architectural experiences. Distinguishing itself from other global cities, Hong Kong is unique in its urban form celebrating an aesthetic of density, while comprising a gigantic rhetoric of speculation for both transaction and consumption.

Responding to the theme on “Freespace” of Biennale Architettura 2018, the Hong Kong Exhibition Vertical Fabric: density in landscape, demonstrates the urban conditions of Hong Kong and explores the freespace through towers. The exhibition manifests innovation within constraints while generating extraordinary spaces from ordinary form. A total of 100 white tower model-bases with infrastructures of 360mm square plan extrusion and structure of 2.0 meters in height, are open for the 100 exhibitors to re-define the typological, spatial and façade potential while maintaining the constraint of its envelope as a collective urban form. A total of 100 Exhibitors, including architects from Hong Kong and overseas, are invited to design their towers of Freespace, making statements on tower typology in the vertical city.

By installing 100 towers marching along the courtyard extending into the exhibition rooms in Venice, the Hong Kong exhibition illustrates the compactness of Hong Kong’s urban form. The exhibition provides a platform for dialogue with the world, shaping a discourse of Hong Kong’s urbanism and vertical architecture.

And most importantly, the venue provides architects with opportunities to re-think the design of tower typology beyond, incubating visions for vertical freespace facing global challenges in technology, environment, society and culture.

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